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Car goes off Beltway ramp into retention pond in Prince George’s Co.

Rescue crews are seen searching a retention pond after car went off a Capital Beltway ramp in Prince George's County. (Courtesy Prince George's County Fire/Mark Brady)

WASHINGTON — A man was taken to the hospital early Saturday morning after escaping from a car that went off a Capital Beltway ramp into a retention pond in Maryland.

Around 4 a.m., the Prince George’s County Fire Department responded to a retention pond off the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway, near the Landover Road exit.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the car was already 80 percent submerged in the pond.


The driver was able to climb out of the vehicle on his own, before the car sunk below the waterline. The driver suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Members of the Prince George’s County Fire Department and the Howard County Fire Department used a sonar/water robot to make sure no one else was in the water.

The ramp to the Beltway was shut for several hours.

Below is a map of where the incident occurred:


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